Monday, November 9, 2009

December Shows at Gorilla Tango

December 2009 Calendar Listings:



Melody Swink, a triumphant poet/singer/songwriter/producer has now turned her prodigious talents to the theatrical stage. Creating a quirky one-woman show based on the lives of seven dynamic and courageous women, the D-Cups... each with her own unique impressions of pop media representation, body consciousness, and even bra size. Melody's collection of 11 monologues is a hilarious look at life in a youth-weight-cleavage-conscious culture! "The D-Cup Diatribes Theme Song" and "Unfasten Me" are written and performed by Melody.

Produced by Melody Swink.

Friday & Saturday at 8pm, November 27 & 28, 2009, and Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, December 3 and December 10 – 19, 2009. Tickets are $20; Rated R.


Time Traveling Mom-Dad

Time Traveling Mom-Dad is a cautionary tale of one man willing to cross the boundaries of space, time, gender and common decency to save the life of his recently deceased best friend. When his future self recruits him on a last ditch mission, he'll have to seduce his friend's parents, escape the prehistoric and cure the common heart attack. But how much can one man change before he changes everything? Not much. Surprise!

Produced by Shawn Bowers.

Tuesdays at 8pm, December 1 – 15, 2009. Tickets are $10; Rated R.


Stars In The Attic

Dan and Gizele just met at a college party; neither one of them particularly enjoying the noise and boisterousness of their classmates, neither one of them knowing exactly what they were looking for. Whether their first meeting was serendipity or the catalyst for disaster remains to be seen - and it could take years to find out. One thing is certain: their lives will never be the same.


Stars in the Attic follows Dan and Gizele through the rocky terrain of their relationship, crossing pitfalls of heartbreak, desertion, and fate. Is their eccentric behavior enough to keep them afloat, together?

Produced by Daniel Pringle.

Tuesdays at 9:30pm, December 1 – 15, 2009. Tickets are $10; Rated R.


Mark and Laura’s Christmas

Mark & Laura’s Couples Advice Christmas Special is a satire based on T.V.’s self proclaimed counseling gurus and the dysfunctional American family. Will Mark & Laura’s volatile relationship get in the way of their primetime debut or will Christmas be officially over?

Produced by Ryan McChesney. 

Wednesdays at 8pm, December 2, 2009 – January 20, 2010 (no performances Dec. 23 & 30, 2009). Tickets are $10; Rated R.


Slippery Handles

In life, we all have those days when we just don’t feel strong enough. Days when we want to throw responsibility out the window. Days when life gets so full that things we swore we’d never resort to become the exact things we have to do just keep the wheels turning. Days when life seems like it might swallow us whole while we sit and wait—laughing or crying, depending on our hormones. We juggle careers, family, households, friendships, relationships and constantly wonder if we can add just one more thing. Then “The Powers That Be” throw us a curve ball or two and life becomes an even bigger circus act! Yes, we all have days when the handles of responsibility get almost too slippery to grasp. When that happens, we have to be able to laugh at ourselves, each other, the rough times and the ridiculous things we do to keep it all together. And Slippery Handles is here to help us find the funny in our everyday struggles.


An all-female cast of improvisers—Courtney Boxwell, Jess Jones, Colleen O’Neill, Lindsey Pearlman and Heather J. Svoboda—will take you through a series of real-life monologues (chosen at random by the audience) that deal with everything from spit-cleaning a toilet in a rush to falling in love with a glass blower in Italy to switching out McDonald’s wrappers for plastic baggies so the other parents at the playground won’t judge. Using real stories, emails, journal entries or random notes submitted by friends, family and even the audience, these five women will improvise a series of scenes to make you laugh, cry and maybe even exhale.

Produced by Colleen O'Neill.

Wednesdays at 9:30pm, December 2 – 16, 2009. Tickets are $10; Rated R.


Low Toner: Decision Quality

1/2 Slideshow, 1/2 Office Meeting, 1/2 Sketch Show: 138% Staggeringly Funny. Take that Lominger...

Produced by Low Toner Productions.

Fridays at 11:30pm, December 4 – 18, 2009. Tickets are $10; Rated R.


Faith Off

God's back from a six-thousand-year-long vacation, and boy is he pissed. A sketch show that explores the worst parts of religion.

Produced by David Elliot.

Saturdays at 6pm, December 5 – 19, 2009. Tickets are $12; Rated R.


The Exonerated

THE EXONERATED, by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensin, tells the true story of five American men and one American woman who were convicted and sentenced to death for crimes they did not commit. Between them, these six people spent over one hundred years on death row before the criminal justice system finally corrected its errors and freed them.

Produced by Sonia Alexandria.

Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 7pm, December 4 – 6, 2009. Tickets are $15; Rated R.


Towards The Sun!

Directed by Brandon Kosters. A puppet rock opera tribute to Alfred Jarry.

Produced by Brandon Kosters.

Mondays at 9:30pm, December 7 & 14, 2009. Tickets are $10; Rated R.



SALSA-SKETCH is an exciting studio project from Salsation Theatre Company, the people who brought you “The Devil Wears Chanklas.” Three directors will lead three teams of six performers on a day-long project that culminates in an evening of three half hour long sketch comedy shows. Directed by Ramon Charriez, Eddie Martinez, and Michael Villarreal.

Produced by Salsation Theatre Company, NFP

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 7pm. Tickets are $12; Rated R.


A Silent Night: Grandma Got Run Over Without Healthcare

The Fourth Annual Shantz Holiday Show

In it's fourth year, Shantz Theatre has quickly become a tradition in Off-Loop holiday comedy experiences! A SILENT NIGHT: GRANDMA GOT RUNOVER WITHOUT HEALTHCARE - Obama can't save grandma and the nation, George Bailey gets the Bernie Madoff treatment, Frosty's all out of love, and Bob Dylan revisits his Hanukkah heritage! This show will have you laughing all the way into the holidays!

Produced by Shantz Theatre.

Show Rating - R

Fridays and Saturdays at 10pm, December 4 – 19, 2009 and Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 7pm. Tickets are $12; Rated R.


All performances take place at:

Gorilla Tango Theatre

1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Chicago, IL 60647

Visit or call 773-598-4549 for tickets and more information.

Audience contact: 773-598-4549,


Gorilla Tango Theatre Chicago is conveniently located at the intersection of Western and Milwaukee in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood. Easily accessible by public transportation, GTT is steps away from the Western stop on the O’Hare Blue Line and the #49 Western, #73 Armitage and #56 Milwaukee buses. Street parking is readily available. GTT offers a variety of affordable ($3-$5) beer and wine for purchase.

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